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Crazy Blizzard Stories Day 3 – “The Storm of the Century, 1993”

“The Superstorm of 1993 (also called the Storm of the Century) was one of the most intense mid-latitude cyclones ever observed over the Eastern United States. The storm will be remembered for its tremendous snowfall totals from Alabama through Maine, high winds all along the East coast, extreme coastal flooding along the Florida west coast, incredibly low barometric pressures across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and for the unseasonably cold air that followed behind the storm. In terms of human impact, the Superstorm of 1993 was more significant than most landfalling hurricanes or tornado outbreaks and ranks among the deadliest and most costly weather events of the 20th century.

Meteorological History

Low pressure developed during the day of March 12th along a nearly stationary front lying along the Texas Gulf coast. Upper-level conditions were very favorable for intensification of the low as a powerful jet streak developed across the eastern United States on the downwind side of a deep upper-level trough. Strong horizontal temperature contrasts near the front across the Gulf Coast states, plus the development of deep thunderstorms over the Gulf also added fuel to the strengthening system. The low rapidly deepened as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico during the afternoon and evening of March 12th and made “landfall” along the Florida Panhandle just after midnight on March 13th. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued over 100 people from ships in distress during the storm.

snow removal blaine mnA squall line of severe thunderstorms extending south of the low impacted Florida during the early morning hours of March 13th. Damaging straight-line winds and 11 confirmed tornadoes were reported across Florida, with substantial thunderstorm wind damage occurring south into Cuba. A study from the Cuban weather service found evidence of wind speeds up to 120 mph from severe thunderstorms spawned there. Strong onshore winds along Florida’s west coast created a storm surge up to 12 feet high in Taylor County with significant damage to property and up to seven fatalities reported.

As the low moved inland across southern Georgia the system encountered cold air across the interior Southeast states; widespread heavy snow and blizzard conditions developed from Alabama and Georgia into the western Carolinas and Virginia. All-time records for snowfall were set in locations from Birmingham and Chattanooga to Asheville, then spreading north through the central Appalachians. By early afternoon on March 13th the central pressure of the low was lower than had been observed with any historic winter storm or hurricane across the interior Southeastern United States. All-time low pressure records were established in Columbia, Charlotte, and Greensboro, even beating out the pressures observed just a few years earlier during Hurricane Hugo’s visit in September 1989.

Across the Eastern Carolinas, strong wind was the largest impact from the Superstorm. These winds were the result of a powerful pressure gradient out ahead of the rapidly deepening low. Warm, humid air was brought north from Florida on winds gusting to near hurricane force. Widespread damage was the result to homes, trees, and electrical infrastructure in coastal North Carolina. At the same time, a blizzard was raging across the western Carolinas with thunder accompanying the whiteout conditions.

These winds created very large waves offshore and a damaging storm surge for south-facing beaches. For the Brunswick County snow removal blaine mnbeaches on Oak Island at least 18 homes were destroyed by storm surge and beach erosion. Hundreds of homes were similarly damaged or destroyed on the Outer Banks. The Cape Fear River at downtown Wilmington was backed up by the strong south winds which resulted in considerable tidal flooding on both sides of the river. Along the coast from the Carolinas into Florida, large amounts of salt spray were carried inland by the winds and deposited on all exposed surfaces. A light rainfall event several days after the Superstorm saturated this salt layer making it electrically conductive. The result was a second round of power outages as power lines shorted across insulators and tripped breakers. 

During the mid to late afternoon hours on March 13th, cold air wrapped in from the west as the low moved north through Raleigh and into northeastern North Carolina. Temperatures in Wilmington plunged through the 40s and into the 30s by sunset and rain changed over to light snow that fell for several hours. East of Interstate 95 snow only amounted to a trace, but much, much heavier amounts of snow fell across the western Carolinas.”

For the full article and more pictures, CLICK HERE.

Crazy Blizzard Stories Day 2 – “The Blizzard of 1996”

The 21st anniversary of the Blizzard of 1996 is coming up so we decided to give you guys an article about it. This article comes from accuweather.com

“The Blizzard of 1996 was one of the most devastating winter storms to affect the Northeast United States, causing more than 150 deaths.

The first weeks of January 1996 were brutal in the Northeast, not only because of the blizzard but also from a subsequent warmup along with heavy rain that triggered major flooding.

The blizzard and flooding caused an estimated $3 billion in damages ($4.5 billion in 2014 dollars) and claimed 184 lives, including 154 from the blizzard.

Pennsylvania was hardest-hit of the affected states with $1 billion in damages ($1.5 billion in 2014 dollars) from the combined events.

“It was a nor’easter that, like so many, came out of the Gulf of Mexico and it was a classic nor’easter track for a blizzard,” AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Steve Wistar said.

Philadelphia was the hardest-hit city from the Blizzard of ’96 with the City of Brotherly Love receiving its biggest snowfall ever from one storm: 31 inches. Amounts up to 48 inches were reported in western Virginia and the mountains of West Virginia.

The Blizzard of ’96 was one of a trio of snowstorms that left a deep snowpack across portions of the Northeast during the first half of the month.

Snow depths of 2 to 3 feet were common from central Pennsylvania into New York, the National Weather Service said.

It set the stage for major Northeast flooding.

“It was pretty well forecast with such a high surge of warm air on the heels of a large snowpack,” Wistar said.

More than 3 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The rainfall contributed to some of the worst flooding to affect Pennsylvania since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

All but 10 of the Keystone State’s 67 counties reported flooding.

Burlington, Vermont, reached 65 F on Jan. 19, 1996, when 1.62 inches of rain fell. State College, Pennsylvania, topped out at 57 F on Jan. 18, 1996, with 1.78 inches of rain falling.

In addition to the damage in Pennsylvania, West Virginia sustained $24 million in damages to its public buildings and infrastructure. Neighboring Ohio sustained $11 million in similar damages.”

Does anyone remember this storm? Was anyone on the East Coast during it? Comment below!

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Crazy Blizzard Stories: Day 1 – From TIME Magazine

After the weekend of crazy weather we just had, we thought it would be fun to research other crazy winter weather stories. This one, titled “The Weather: The 24-Million-Ton Snow Job”, comes from TIME Magazine and was published on Friday, February 3, 1967.

The Weather: The 24-Million-Ton Snow Job

“Chicagoans knew that the balmy 65° weather could hardly last—it was, after all, the warmest Jan. 24 on record— but they littlesnow removal blaine mn dreamed how startling the change would be. Within two days, the temperature plummeted to the 20s, snow came cascading down, and icy winds gusted through the streets. Though no stranger to wintry storms, Chicago found itself in the brief space of 24 hours paralyzed by the worst blizzard in its history—a raging storm that tore through large sections of the Midwest and caused at least 75 deaths.

The howling blast began Thursday morning. By midafternoon, Chicago’s streets were clogged by wind-whipped snowdrifts and stalled autos. With traffic at a standstill and visibility at zero, tens of thousands of marooned workers had to spend the night in firehouses, hospitals, and hotels. On the Calumet Expressway, 1,000 stranded motorists joined hands so that they would not get lost, snaked their way to nearby homes. A 50-year-old woman suffered a fatal heart attack on a stalled bus at 5 a.m. Friday. Not until six hours later could snowbound police remove her body.

Deserted Loop. By the time the storm subsided, thousands of abandoned cars and 500 city buses stood all but buried by a record 23 inches of fresh snow—whose weight was officially estimated at 24 million tons. All schools were closed, and most working people stayed home from their jobs. There were no mail or milk deliveries, and few newspapers found their way to readers. Virtually all travel in and out of the city was hampered; O’Hare International Airport was still closed early this week, the longest shutdown in its history. One newsman surveyed the deserted Loop, dubbed it “Leningrad West.

View from the Turret. The blizzard’s main force battered a 100-mi.-wide strip extending from northeast Missouri to southern Michigan, inconveniencing millions. After widespread freezing rain, ice-laden power lines snapped, leaving dozens of entire communities—and 4,000 families in Kansas City—without electricity. In Michigan, Governor George Romney donned a Cossack hat, commandeered a lumbering National Guard half-track and, grandly manning the turret, cried out encouragement to the citizenry as he rode to the stasnow removal blaine mnte capitol. In Gary, winds off Lake Michigan piled up 15-ft. snowdrifts, and Indi- ana’s Governor Roger Branigin mobilized a National Guard unit to clear the roads—only to find that many of the Guardsmen were themselves snowed in.

It was a week of freakish weather in other parts of the U.S. as well. Widely scattered tornadoes, uncommon in winter, ripped through Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Delaware, damaging dozens of buildings and killing at least six persons. As in Chicago, temperatures soared to unprecedented highs—in Baltimore 74°, New York 68°, and Boston 61 °—before dropping back to normal.

In the blizzard-battered Midwest, however, the return to life-as-usual seemed a long way off. At week’s end, Chicago’s temperature dropped to an icy 15°—which made the city’s efforts to dig out all the more unpleasant.”

To read the full article, CLICK HERE. Does anyone remember this storm? Comment below!

 
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What is the difference between a Blizzard and a Winter Storm?

We know the last couple blogs that we have posted revolve around snow removal and what not; but this time we decided to look into the science behind what causes us to need to provide snow removal services. The two big contenders are Blizzards and Winter Storms, but what’s the difference between them?

snow removal blaine mnBlizzard

Definition: According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard is “a storm which contains large amounts of snow or blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours)”. Temperatures during a blizzard often times go into the negative digits as well.

Origin: The term “blizzard” originally referred to “a cannon shot or a volley of musket fire”, but in the 1870’s several newspapers began to use the term to describe a snowstorm.

Dangers: Often times blizzards cause what we call “whiteout conditions” which can make it extremely difficult or impossible to drive in. The wind chill that comes along with a blizzard can sometimes cause the most problems. Combining the cold temperatures and the strong winds that come with any blizzard; extremely low wind chills are a common occurrence, but still very dangerous.

Winter Storm

Definition: A winter storm may consist of freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall, cold temperatures, and windy conditions that can last up to severalsnow removal blaine mn days. Sleet is raindrops that freeze before hitting the ground. Freezing rain occurs when rain falls onto a service when the temperatures are below freezing, therefore freezing the surfaces.

Origin: For centuries the term has been used when describing violent weather that occurs in Winter months.

Dangers: Freezing rain and sleet can lead to slippery conditions that aren’t safe for drivers or even those just walking to their car. The aftermath of a winter storm can leave an impact for weeks or even months after its’ occurrence.

 

Either way, both a Blizzard and a Winter Storm can be dangerous for everyone in its’ path. Here at Quick Clean Out in Blaine, MN, we are dedicated to providing superb quality to our clients in order for them to be safe for whatever weather conditions occur this Winter. Give us a call to set up your snow removal Blaine, MN services TODAY!

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Why Hire for Professional Commercial Snow Removal in Blaine, MN?

Many business owners may overlook hiring professionals for their snow removal needs. BUT, did yosnow removal blaine mnu know that by hiring professionals, like Quick Clean Out, you can reduce your liability with customers and employees. Confused? Let’s break it down for you:

  • By hiring a professional snow removal company, it is guaranteed that the job will get done safely, quickly, and efficiently. These companies have the proper staff and equipment to get the job done right.
  • When you hire professional snow removers, it lowers the risk of liability related to snow and ice accidents. The professionals know what products and equipment to use to ensure the job is done right.
  • You will also have the peace-of-mind that your lot will be plowed properly without damage to your property. Since they have the proper equipment, the chance that they will damage your property drastically decreases.
  • No matter the conditions of the night before, your business will be fully operational. Most snowfall occurs in the evening, so usually you would wake up to a snow-covered ground which could delay your business opening. Any professional snow remover will take immediate action to be sure that your business stays fully operational.

Your business can’t afford to shut down because of snow or ice. So we are always looking ahead. We map and flag possible hazards before the season starts and create a removal plan tailored to your site. During the winter, we monitor storms, and our crews and equipment are on call 24/7 to manage whatever comes your way before the first flake hits the ground.

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Snow Removal and Plowing in Blaine, MN

Well, guys, it happened.

SNOW. snow removal and plowing in blaine mn

Our (long) Fall has come to an end. The leaves have fallen, the temperatures have dropped and the snow has come (even though it didn’t stay). Winter is officially here to stay. Don’t spend all Winter “breaking your back” shoveling your snow or trying to get your little snow blower up your driveway. Call Quick Clean Out and we’ll do all the hard work at a GREAT price!

What Goes Into Being a Great Snow Removal and Plowing Company?

  1. Excellent Communication.
    • One of the top priorities we have here at Quick Clean Out is the communication between us and our customers. Whether it be a phone call or an email it is key for ANY business to keep their customers informed and updated. Most contractors say that the worst mistake snow removal companies make isn’t forgetting to plow a property, but forgetting to CONTACT the property’s owner when you have realized your mistake.
    • Customers love when they are informed of ANYTHING relating to their business.
    •  Simple email alerts could include any of the following:
      • Time of arrival
      • Time you left the property
      • Amount of snow that was present
      • If you used any other products (de-icer, salt, etc.) mention the amount that was used
  2. Efficiency
    • The machines and products a snow removal and plowing company uses can make or break it. When it snows, there are many snow removal and plowing in blaine mnclients that rely on you to clear the parking lots before their doors open. Efficiency benefits both the customer and the company. The customer gets what they paid for in less time and, at times if the job takes less time it can mean more profit for the business.
      • Snow plows help move the snow in larger areas quicker than just a simple shovel
      • Dump trucks are also used at times when huge snow piles are covering too many parking spaces
      • Snow Shovels, even though they are bit “old-fashion” they can sometimes be the best tool for the job
  3. Being Precise
    • A huge part of the snow removal and plowing industry is the attention to detail you need to have. It’s whats going to satisfy the customers. Everything needs to be thought out before you start plowing:
      • Where is the most logical spot to push the snow?
      • How can we minimize disruption / keep driving lanes clear?
      • How can we ensure that we don’t damage property?
      • What are some ways we can prevent the buildup of ice?
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Junk Removal in Blaine, MN is Part of My Job

A few weeks ago I was hanging out with one of my buddies and asked him about how his Summer was going. He was talking to mejunk removal blaine mn about how he had so many plans for organizing his house this Summer and getting rid of some of his family’s junk (by this time it was the end of August). He explained to me that they didn’t have time for it since they had gone on several trips with the kids, him and his wife both worked full-time jobs, Summer soccer had started and then they decided to get a puppy. I then began to remind him that I did work for Quick Clean Out and one of our specialties WAS junk removal. Let’s just say by the end of the conversation he had made an appointment for us to take EVERYTHING out of his basement and a couple chairs out of the garage.

We understand that for most families, Summer goes by like a breeze. And that is why we offer our junk removal services year-round to Blaine, MN and surrounding areas. Everyone deserves to have a clean and organized space to come home to after a long day at the office.

What do Our Junk Removal Services Include?

When you hire us the fees you pay include:

  • all labor
  • dump fees
  • time

***there are recycling charges for appliances, mattresses/box springs, televisions, computer equipment and tires

For pricing information check out our Junk Removal page!

 

 

Snow Plowing with Quick Clean Out in Blaine, MN

Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again.

Winter.

Technically Winter doesn’t start for another 90 days, but we all know Winter comes before December 21st, and with Winter comsnow plowing blaine mnes SNOW. It seems that for the past couple of years, we’ve been lucky in the snow department, but we have a feeling that this Winter is going to give us plenty of snow. Even a few weather stations are predicting an above-average Winter in terms of precipitation and below-average in terms of temperature. For you, this could mean countless, back-breaking hours spent shoveling your driveway. OR it could mean watching the beautiful snow fall in front of the fireplace and drinking hot coca with your family while we plow your property.

Which One Would You Prefer?

Quick Clean Out offerssnow plowing blaine mn snow plowing services in Blaine, MN and surrounding areas, so that you don’t have to “break your back” shoveling your driveway! We would rather have you stay inside your warm house hanging out with your family. We have snow plows for small jobs and then some for the blizzards that happen a few times a season. We offer contracts that are formatted for your specific needs; whether you are a homeowner or a business owner. Check out our Snow Services page for more details!

Sit Back and Relax.

Now that you have decided we are the best fit for your property, enjoy the beautiful season of Winter. Go iceskating, drink hot cocoa and DON’T shovel your property! What sort of things do you like to do in the Winter? Comment below!

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The Neighborhood Car Show is Back!

Well, it’s not actually called “The Neighborhood Car Show”, but it is called “The Anoka Classic Car Show Grand Finale”. To me, this is basically going to be a neighborhood car show since the show is returning to Downtown Anoka! In the past, the finale has been held at the State Fair. Now I don’t have to drive the 20, instead, it will more like a 5-mile drive. Plus I always hated having to deal with the State Fair crowds; I would much rather deal with the Car Show crowds.

There is just so much to do at the Anoka Classic Car Show and even more so now that I know it’s in Anoka. The show has always had great food and music. The city of Anoka and it’s amazing restaurants are sure going to be able to provide even more food options to the Grand Finale this year! While I’m down in Anoka, I think I may even pay a visit to my two favorite web designers; Rocky and Christy.anoka classic car show They are the ones that told me that the show was being held in Anoka this year!

And let’s not forget about the main reason for a car show; THE CARS. I’m talking about the Mustangs, the Chevrolet’s, the Lamborghini’s and my favorite, the Lincoln’s. I love walking around with my buddies and admiring the beautiful cars. Knowing that some people have given so much time and energy to these classics just amazes me.

I know that I will be there on Saturday, September 17th; will you?

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Graffiti Removal – The Right Way

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Clean Link always provide great advice about graffiti removal.

Graffiti removal can be a challenge if you are a company other than Quick Clean Out. Our staff have some of the best knowledge when dealing with graffiti removal. Many of our clients recently wanted to know some tips for removing graffiti from different surfaces. Every surface is different so we are going to give you a general idea with the help from our friends at Clean Link.

Before Starting:

  • Always make sure that it is YOUR responsibility to get the job cleaned up! Sometimes it is the responsibility of the state or even the facility’s maintenance department.
  • Determine whether the graffiti is on the inside or the outside because there is a difference between the two.

Indoor Graffiti Removal:

Common causes of indoor graffiti include; ballpoint, felt-tip pens, pencils, knife blades and sometimes even white correction fluid is used

Some suggestions for products to clean different types of surfaces include:

  • Ordinary cleaners and disinfectants will remove much pencil and some pen graffiti
  • Citrus-based cleaners often will work on inks on wood surfaces
  • Some foam and some paste cleaners, which remain in place until wiped off, work well on vertical surface

Outdoor Graffiti Removal:

Common causes of outdoor graffiti include; spray paint,medium, chalk and etching 

Some suggestions for products to clean different types of surfaces include:

  • For exterior glass surfaces, try a graffiti-removing gel (something that will not scratch glass)
  • Baking-soda-based products can help restore large areas of masonry, brick,
    graffiti removal

    Power washing is a great technnique for graffiti removal.

    concrete and other surfaces

  • When removing spray paint, regardless of method, work from the outside to the center, rather than across the stain (so that it doesn’t spread to clean areas)

 

For both indoor and outdoor vandalized areas painting should be used as a last resort. Read about why Here.

If this seems like too much to handle give Quick Clean Out a call at 612-207-0274 or visit our Graffiti Removal page today!